[ puh-noo-tee-uh n, -shuh n ]
/ pəˈnu ti ən, -ʃən /


a group of American Indian language families of central and coastal California, including Wintu, Maidu, Yokuts, Miwok, and Costanoan, thought to be descendants of a single protolanguage spoken at a remote period.
any of several other hypothesized genetic groupings of languages that include these languages and, in addition, otherwise unclassified languages of the Pacific Northwest, Columbia River plateau, Mexico, and Central America.


of or relating to Penutian.

Origin of Penutian

1913; pen + uti, schematized bases for “two” in Maidu-Wintu-Yokuts and Miwok-Costanoan, respectively + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for penutian

/ (pɪˈnjuːtɪən, -ʃən) /


a family of North American Indian languages of the Pacific coast
a phylum of languages of North and South America, including Araucanian, Chinook, Mayan, and Sahaptin
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